On 19th of April Mr. Johannes Steinicke (alumnus of the NSYSU CLC, guest speaker from last semester, currently working as Project Manager at “Interplan” company in Kaohsiung) was giving a speech at “Work and Culture” class.
Mr. Steinicke honestly and in all the details told students about his experience of being expat in Taiwan and gave a few pieces of advice to students:
1. the very first option for a foreigner might be a commercial (not diplomatic) representative office of home county in Taiwan (a good opportunity to work in a cross-cultural environment, see examples of people getting along with each other and learn about the relationships between countries).
2. do not only apply for a job that you can fit in, but also create a job position for yourself: find a company / industry you will fit in and try to draw attention to yourself, let company know about your advantages - what are your super powers and skills :)
It is not easy when you face new cultural environment and Mr. Steinicke told us about his personal tool to cope with difficulties: if you don’t feel comfortable somewhere - think of a lobster (how he needs to exuviate in order to grow - we all need to go through some changes in order to grow and change for the better).
Don’t be shy or scared - go out and try new jobs!
In any outcome you will learn something new!
And join to listen to other guest speakers in future!